A few days ago I was greeted at my studio by a UPS package. I knew right away it would be my diamond lap-grinder. I have been in the market for one for a while now and finally ordered one. Part of the reason why I waited so long, aside from the price, was I wanted to be sure I was, in fact, ordering the right product. I did some research and called a well-established crystalline potter to ask for some help on finding the right product. Edgecomb Potters’s sent to me to www.hisglassworks.com for my diamond lap-grinder. If you are lost as to what this little machine does…it basically grinds down any glaze run-off from the bottom of my pots and cuts through the fired clay and glaze for a nice smooth finish. The rust colored disk that I am holding in this picture is a polishing plate. This is used after the diamond plate and will give the piece a nice satin-smooth finish. I haven’t tried it out yet, but I am anxious to see how it works. One really nice feature that this tool has is a little tube for water to travel through and onto the spinning disk. This will greatly reduce the amount of airborne ceramic particles and glaze (which is not good to breathe in). I have some junk pieces that I am going to test it out on until I get the hang of it, then I will get to work finishing my other pieces!